Friday: Hili dialogue

by Grania


Today is the birthday of Ewan McGregor (1971), the man who squicked the world when he took a headlong dive into the worst toilet in Scotland in Trainspotting.


A man who managed to surprise the world in an entirely different way is another birthday boy Christopher Walken (1943) when he chose to accent a career playing flint-eyed, menacing antagonists by dad-dancing his way through Fatboy Slim’s Weapon of Choice and coming out the other side even cooler. The secret to the best dancing is not caring that people are going to see you.

Today is the day Netscape’s open source Mozilla debuted in 1998, the Eiffel Tower opened in 1889 and Luna 10 was launched in 1966.

It’s also World Backup Day. You know what to do. Don’t forget your phone!

From Poland Hili is a little bit annoyed as it appears that the birds are not cooperative.

Hili: Sparrows have no sense of humor.
A: Why do you think so?
Hili: I was just joking but it got away.

In Polish:

Hili: Wróble nie mają poczucia humoru.
Ja: Dlaczego tak sądzisz?
Hili: Ja tylko żartowałam, a on od razu uciekł.

As a lagniappe, here is a cautionary tale of what happens if you dare to get between a tiny kitten and its food.

Click the white arrow, and don’t forget to turn up the sound on the movie.


  1. Posted March 31, 2017 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    Google Doodle for Sergei Diaghilev’s birthday…

    • Posted March 31, 2017 at 6:38 am | Permalink

      … he was born the same year as my grandfather…

      • Posted March 31, 2017 at 6:40 am | Permalink

        … & I have not got a smartphone to back up! 🙂

        • Gregory Kusnick
          Posted March 31, 2017 at 10:53 am | Permalink

          A phone that needs to be told to back itself up doesn’t count as smart anymore.

  2. Posted March 31, 2017 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    Not sure saying Walken is dad-dancing is fair to him – he trained as dancer at the Washington Dance Studio. He’s just got a bit rusty, that’s all. – MC

    • Posted March 31, 2017 at 7:30 am | Permalink

      Yes, you can see he’s a trained dancer. It’s the actual steps in the routine that make it dad-dancing. 🙂


      • Mark Sturtevant
        Posted March 31, 2017 at 9:01 am | Permalink

        One of the great pleasures of dad-hood is to dad-dance in front of my children when their friends are over.
        I gotta learn those moves…

        • Alpha Neil
          Posted March 31, 2017 at 11:39 am | Permalink

          Yes. I love having the power to make anything uncool just by acknowledging it exists. Trolling their kids is every fathers duty.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted March 31, 2017 at 10:30 am | Permalink

        Walken showed his chops as a trained hoofer in Pennies from Heaven.

        • darrelle
          Posted March 31, 2017 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

          He’s looking very dapper there. I didn’t remember that movie being so . . . explicit.

    • Cardi
      Posted March 31, 2017 at 9:42 am | Permalink

      It’s one of my favorite music videos, but I’m always a little annoyed that they needed a stunt double just to jump on and off a table, at 1:47 and 2:02. And since Walken is already rigged with wires, why a stunt double just to dive over the railing (2:52)? Perhaps he’s a good dancer but a bad diver?

      • Gregory Kusnick
        Posted March 31, 2017 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

        Walken’s knees were 67 years old when he made this video. There might be guys that age who can jump on and off tables and dive over railings and make it look easy, but if so, they’re professionals who train for it every day.

        • Posted March 31, 2017 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

          Speaking as someone who did a bit of abseiling in my extreme youth; I can testify that the jumping over the edge bit is the hardest part.


  3. Jim Knight
    Posted March 31, 2017 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Dancing – just one of the myriad talents of a really fine actor! Happy Birthday, Christopher, from one of your countless fans…

    • Randy schenck
      Posted March 31, 2017 at 7:45 am | Permalink

      Chris Walken has done it all and for a long time.

    • bluemaas
      Posted March 31, 2017 at 10:56 am | Permalink

      O Haaaappy, Happy Birthday
      to the adorably darling Mr Walken
      from me, too !

      With, as well for it, M O R E COWBELL !


  4. busterggi
    Posted March 31, 2017 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    My two youngest got ‘take-out’ last night – they share a little with one another but grab, growl & run when I approach.

  5. rickflick
    Posted March 31, 2017 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Lovely post, but I have things that bug me, and I always wonder if I’m the only one. In films, almost always, in a scene where the actor is running, dancing, playing basketball, etc. it’s followed immediately by a scene where they are completely relaxed, shallow breathing, and often ready to deliver lines in a normal voice. The exertion should require the actor to huff and puff for a few minutes but inevitably they are unfazed by the strenuity(don’t look it up). Am I the only one who thinks this is poor craftsmanship in film making? I feel grumpy as Lewis Black this morning.

    • Posted March 31, 2017 at 9:15 am | Permalink

      I’d blame poor acting and poor directing for that, although in this video I suspect it’s intentional. Same goes for the actors who swallow a large swig of neat “whiskey” and look as if they have just swallowed a mouthful of weak tea.


      • Randall Schenck
        Posted March 31, 2017 at 9:20 am | Permalink

        How about – It’s a movie. You know, where they spend 5 months to get 90 minutes. How often do you see lots of guys putting on a suit and then dancing, forget the heavy breathing and sweating. Besides, you can’t have Fred Astaire sweating in a Tux.

        • rickflick
          Posted March 31, 2017 at 10:14 am | Permalink

          Yes, whisky drinking is another example of egregious and cheesy practice. Now I’m getting really pissed. 😉

      • darrelle
        Posted March 31, 2017 at 10:25 am | Permalink

        I’m not sure the whiskey example is equivalent. After the first few I can swallow large swigs as easily as water and I ain’t even a pro. I don’t though! Too old for that shit.

        • Kevin
          Posted March 31, 2017 at 11:07 am | Permalink

          It’s only wee-drams from now on for me. But I know the feeling…when committed I could drown a good portion of any bottle without a flinch.

      • JonLynnHarvey
        Posted March 31, 2017 at 11:55 am | Permalink

        It’s the Hitchcock principle “Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.”

        Shakespeare’s workaround was a bit more subtle.


        Do you not see that I am out of breath?
        How art thou out of breath,
        when thou hast breath
        To say to me that thou art out of breath?

        • Kevin
          Posted March 31, 2017 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

          Juliet…queen of all heroines.

    • eric
      Posted March 31, 2017 at 11:57 am | Permalink

      IMO movie characters are created ‘larger than life,’ even in comparatively realistic roles and movies. They drive better, eat neater, are more articulate, swill booze better as the other posters have mentioned. They don’t get as tired – unless they are supposed to; in which case they do ‘tired’ better than we do too.

      I just chalk it up to the fact that they are entertainment. If I want to spend my time watching an out-of-shape guy huff and puff after two minutes of exercise, I’ll look in the mirror.

      • rickflick
        Posted March 31, 2017 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

        Of course you’re right about that. It’s an interesting phenomenon whereby an audience becomes conditioned to suspend disbelief based on what they are used to seeing. Old films take a different type of mindset if you want to enjoy them at all. We allow for certain absurdities in films based on the style and date of the films. A good example is cutting speed. Films of a certain action genre use fast cutting to build tension. Not a natural way to view a narrative, but it works if it’s not a distraction for you. In science fiction films we forgive quite a lot of impossible physics if you’re interested in following the plot. Don’t wear your physics-hat if you don’t want to be disappointed.

        • eric
          Posted March 31, 2017 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

          It’s an interesting phenomenon whereby an audience becomes conditioned to suspend disbelief based on what they are used to seeing.

          I think if they *didn’t* do it, we’d get annoyed that the movie makers were wasting our time and money with detail that was unnecessary and extraneous to the plot. It doesn’t move the story forward for the main character to spend 2 minutes resting in a chair.

          It’s sort of like hemming and hawing in speech. Yes I know in real life practically everyone does it, and we barely even give it a second thought. That doesn’t mean that when I buy a book on tape, I want it to be three hours long instead of two just so the realistic “uhs” and “ums” can be included.

          • rickflick
            Posted March 31, 2017 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

            Of course I’m not for extraneous detail. What we see in a well made film is pure unadulterated artifice. By definition all art is an abstraction, otherwise it would just be life. In a great painting or poem, the match to reality is always indirect. The intent of the artist is to convey emotions and ideas in a way that makes us experience what we normally are oblivious to. Normally time and expressive means are compressed to give the most concentrated view of the artist’s vision possible. What I’m bothered by are events in film that appear to be a distraction because they lack the correct level of reality for the given film or the scene. This is bound to be idiosyncratic with a viewer’s particular sensibility.

        • Randy schenck
          Posted March 31, 2017 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

          I’m just coming at this subject from a different mindset, not that the mindset needs to be adjusted. Also, I won’t mention science fiction film because I don’t care for it. I don’t expect to see the detailed after affects of things in a movie environment but maybe that is strange. We see the scenes the director gives us and hope they all connect to the story but we don’t expect or want all the in-between stuff. You don’t need to see the people getting dressed in the morning or going to restroom breaks during the day. Unless it is critical to the show it just takes up space and is boring. If the acting and dialogue are good, and the story makes sense, all that realism between, such as heavy breathing some seem to want, just is not necessary.

          • rickflick
            Posted March 31, 2017 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

            Yes, obviously following our hero into the toilet for 5 minutes of relief could break the the rhythm and mood of a glamorous romance. 😉

  6. bluemaas
    Posted March 31, 2017 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    And today is y2017’s Bunsen Burner Day.

    Bunsen Burner Day takes place on 31 March y2017, commemorating the birthday of the inventor of such said burner, All Microbiologists ! Loved messin’ from time to time … … with this deal and a few too many blood agar plates !

    Chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen was born a long time ago ! y1811 ! 206 years today.


  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted March 31, 2017 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Is “squick” a word one hears much over in the verdant isles, Grania? I picked it up from some friends in New Jersey, and had assumed it to be a regionalism native to those environs. Good to know it’s getting wider play.

  8. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted March 31, 2017 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Chris W did some fancy footwork before on Saturday Night Live, but not as spectacular as that wonderful video.

    A great early appearance of his is as the deranged brother of Annie Hall in the Woody Allen film of the same title.

    He was a bit wasted as a James Bond villain in the final Roger Moore Bond film “A View to a Kill”- a terrific casting choice but ill-served by a weak script.

    I post his brief Annie Hall scene here.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted March 31, 2017 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

      Christopher Walken is one of our most kinetic film actors. Some directors, nonetheless, have taken a perverse pleasure in casting him in roles where he spends nearly all his screen time confined motionless in a chair, as in Suicide Kings and Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead.

  9. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted March 31, 2017 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    It’s also World Backup Day. You know what to do. Don’t forget your phone!

    It’s just star%£%&$%&!%$$ NO CARRIER

  10. Justin Seabury
    Posted March 31, 2017 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    I appreciated the verse in the song about not attracting the worm. Total Dune nerdgasm.

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